About Sally Markley

About Sally
Sally is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in the modality of art therapy. Sally has been working with adults, children and families for over fifteen years.  Her specialty is in relationships and she has recently transitioned her practice from primarily working with child/family to primarily working with adults and couples. She treats problems related to anxiety, trauma recovery, depression, self-esteem, interpersonal conflicts, parenting, grief and loss.

Her counseling services foster a supportive process to further growth and development, enabling you to experience a greater sense of awareness, a stronger sense of self-esteem and to develop more tools for forming emotionally safe and secure connections.

Theoretical Approach
While Sally offers a varied theoretical approach that is client centered and includes CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral therapy), she also specialize in providing the use of art therapy as a modality within the expressive/creative process.

Education and Experience
Sally has a life long passion for creating art that has led her to become a masters level art therapist and licensed counselor. She began her studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she received her B.F.A. Sally was impressed by the power of art to express underlying feelings and experiences and was inspired to share this liberating process with others. She designed and led an art studio at Art Works, a program affiliated with the University of Arizona.

Sally taught at Pima Community College. Two years later, she furthered her formal education at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her coursework emphasized the clinical areas of assessment and treatment approaches of counseling, as well as the specialized modality of Art Therapy. Her training included an internship at Michael Reese Hospital psychiatric unit and clinical course work at Rush Medical School. Upon graduating, Sally received an MFA in Art Therapy in 1998. Sally then became a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Arizona.

She is currently active with the following organizations:

Treasurer of the Arizona Art Therapy Association

She has a long standing history working in Tucson with the following organizations:

Director of Women’s Counseling Network at the Tucson YWCA
Volunteer Group Leader at Tu Nidito
Clinician for children and families at La Frontera
Crisis response worker at SAMHC (Southern Arizona Mental Health Center)
Art Therapist at University Physicians Hospital (Health South Campus)
Previous Board Member Head Chair Southwest of the Arizona Counselor’s Association (6 years)




“Sally is thorough in her gathering information as well as thoughtful about each client’s particular needs. She works with client in many different artistic mediums (painting, drawing, collage, murals, just to name a few) and is often able to connect with clients in this way, when other counselors have been unable to reach them using more traditional talk therapy.” 2011

“Sally is a superb clinician, whose particular study in the area of attachment will inform and enrich the lives of her future clients as well as coworkers. She has the ability to both gently and persistent as she works diligently on behalf of her clients.” 2011

“Sally is very well versed in the therapeutic concepts behind her art assignments. She is able to discern client needs while engaging in art as well as “talk” therapy. Sally brings a lot of creativity to her job, always contemplating new art methods for her clients to express and communicate their emotions to gain a better understanding of themselves.” 2011

Clinical Supervisors

“She was able to motivate the children and adolescents with whom she worked, helping them to adopt new and healthier ideas about the meanings of their abuse experiences, thus adopting new and healthier ideas about themselves as worthwhile, lovable and capable people.” 2003

“During the time that I have known Sally, I have observed her caring and commitment to her clients. She has provided individual, family, and group therapy services. Her art therapy group for children has offered them a means of expression and socialization that traditional psychotherapy would not have offered.” 2003

Executive Director

“Sally, I have just finished reviewing client comments from our last satisfaction survey. I was pleased at the number of positive comments in general and extremely impressed by the number of clients who praised you by name.” 2002

News Article

Read article about Sally Markley in the
 Greenwich Time (.pdf)